At Abrams, Alexandra Calamela has joined as publicist for adult trade (previously she was publishing coordinator for Macmillan Audio). Hallie Patterson has joined as associate director of publicity for children trade (previously she was publicity and marketing manager for Hachette Book Group). Nicole Schaefer has been promoted to children’s marketing associate, while Gretta Hehre moves up to sales coordinator and will handle Scholastic Book Club accounts.
Rachel Brooks has joined Book Ends Literary as agent, moving her client list with her. Previously she was at the L. Perkins Agency.
At this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, Margaret Atwood will receive the German Book Trade’s 25,000-euro Peace Prize.
The MacDowell Colony announced the 69 recipients of summer fellowships, including 14 fiction writers and 10 nonfiction writers.
Berkeley sci-fi and comic bookstore Dark Carnival is closing after 41 years, due to declining sales. Nearby sister store, The Escapist may have to close soon as well sales don’t pick up. Owner Jack Rems says there is no definitive closing date, and that the store will stay open “so as long as by selling off stock we are generating more than it costs.” Originally on Telegraph Avenue, the store has changed locations several times and turned to the community in 2013 for support to stay open.